Hungry as Winnie the Pooh but Frugal as Scrooge McDuck? We are, too! Eating inside the Disney theme parks can make your wallet scream in angst, but if you plan ahead and make a KnowsMore-style budget, you’ll be filling your tummy and keeping your funds in check.
We know exactly where to send you for the cheapest Park meals at Walt Disney World Resort! Let’s eat!
While we’re not going to cover character dining or breakfast, these entrées for lunch and dinner will hit the spot. If you’re not using Disney dining plan credits on your Disney vacation, knowing the price of your Mickey pretzel is key in keeping your costs down. Below, we’ve covered the cheap eats at each Disney Park. For an even cheaper experience, try using your Disney gift card at the quick-service restaurant checkout!
Magic Kingdom’s Cheapest Meals
Disney World’s original theme park is rife with treats and sundries. But with expensive options and Disney World’s most coveted table service reservation (Cinderella’s Royal Table) surrounding you, what’s the most budget-friendly choice? If you’re looking to save your pennies in order to dine with Princesses, let us introduce you to one of our favorite chow spots.
Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom offers hot dogs and sides at reasonable prices. Disney Guests can grab a hot dog combo meal here for just under $10. An all-beef hot dog with fries, a mandarin orange, and a drink will run you $9.49 while the classic (and popular) Corn Dog Nugget meal is $9.99. Even cheaper for those with a small appetite is the chili bowl snack for under $5.00
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is also another affordable option in Magic Kingdom. While many theme park fans bash this quick-service restaurant as extremely basic with no adventure, the combo meals are affordably priced and there is plenty of indoor seating on a hot day.
The 4-piece chicken tender meal with fries (don’t forget your drink) costs $9.99 while the more popular 1/3 lb. Angus Cheeseburger combo meal will set you back $10.99.
Need more options? Plentiful cuisine choices at Magic Kingdom’s counter service restaurants also bring us to Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn, where Tex-Mex reigns supreme. You’ll find a $9.99 Southwest Salad or choose the Taco Trio or Nachos (either chicken, beef, or pork carnitas) for $10.00 each.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Cheapest Meals
Down in tinsel town, there are also a few choices for the budget-minded consumer. The Southwest Salad at the Backlot Express is only $8.99 and the plant-based Tatooine Two Suns Hummus Platter is $9.99.
Pizzerizzo, towards the back of the Muppet Courtyard, beckons visitors with an upstairs disco ballroom and plenty of Muppet memorabilia. Grab a meatball sub or cheese pizza for $9.99 and make your way around the Park!
Down at Woody’s Lunchbox, a cheap Park meal awaits in Toy Story Land. The Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich will only set you back $8.99, but be sure to ride Slinky Dog Dash before you partake in this rib-stickin’ food.
Animals Kingdom’s Cheapest Meals
The lion’s share of flavor can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Families often visit Restaurantosaurus in Dino-Land U.S.A. for its air-conditioned space, large patio, and casual style. Serving options like burgers, nuggets, and hot dogs, you can grab the Cobb Salad for $8.99 and the Chicken Breast Nuggets for $9.99. In fact, no meal is over $13.50, making it a great family option.
The most affordable option in Animal Kingdom is a Caesar Salad found at Pizzafari (which you might want pizza if you’re headed to this specialty restaurant, but the leafy greens are cheap!). It will set you back at $7.99. The cheapest flatbread personal cheese pizza is $9.99 with a side salad.
EPCOT’s Cheapest Meals
Welcome, world travelers! EPCOT’s most affordable meal option can be found inside Sunshine Seasons. The fairly healthy cafe-style eatery has entrée combos from $8.99 to $13.50, again making it a great choice for families that all want something a little different yet affordable. Vegetable Korma is the least expensive meal option, while Oak-grilled Rotisserie Chicken, Turkey Club, and “The Land Crusher” Nachos are also available.
For a budget-friendly meal with variety, EPCOT fans can cruise around the World Showcase Lagoon and taste bites from different countries for dinner. Making meals from small plates during EPCOT’s International Festivals is a great way to diversify your palette and stretch your budget! Keep in mind that more than two small plates can rack up quickly. To taste more while spending less, we recommend sharing plates with your party!
What’s your favorite affordable meal in the Disney World theme parks? Leave us a comment below!